Emery Gatsinzi, better known by his stage name Riderman, is a Rwandan musician and rapper, born 1987 to father Etienne Rukwavu and mother Peruth Kantetere. He was the first of five children born into the devout Christian family.
His mother and sister were both gospel singers and Gatsinzi would commonly join them in singing gospel and praying before sleeping. He enjoyed music and poetry writing from an early age, and after attending a Lucky Dube concert atAmahoro Stadium in Kigali he was inspired to combine these talents to begin performing as a hip-hop artist. Gatsinzi formed his first group, UTP, in 2006.
Afterward he formed a band called Soldier with two other teenage boys, performing as the group’s lead singer before embarking on an independent career and releasing his first solo album on 28 December 2009 Diverse artists inspired Riderman’s style and musical taste. In childhood the artist’s greatest influences were Rwandan musicians such as Jean-Christopher Matata, Benjamin Rutabana and Kidumu.
In later years he became an admirer of such foreign hip-hop and rap acts as Tupac Amaru Shakur, 50 Cent, Lil Wayne and Diam’s . Riderman has performed with many of the major international acts that have played in Rwanda, including Sean Paul, Lauryn Hill, Mr Flavour, Elephant Man, Koffi Olomide, Brick and Lace, Sean Kingston, D’banj, Shaggy etc